Channel 5 switches from YouTube to HBO for new documentary on January 6

Now, it’s clear that the popular show has caught the attention of the film industry and executives of more established entities. HBO has acquired Channel 5’s broadcast of the Jan. 6 Uprising, Variety reports, and A24 produces the documentary. Andrew Callaghan, who shaped himself as a gonzo journalist-like figure while hosting the Channel 5 videos, will serve as director and executive producer of the documentary, alongside Tim & Eric’s Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The film will follow Callaghan’s “wild RV trip across America in the months leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot,” according to Variety.

Channel 5’s small team travels the country, documenting both bizarre gatherings and breaking news stories. One week, they’re in the parking lot of a Phish concert; the next day, Callaghan interrogates insurgents in prison. The creators also have a hugely popular Patreon account, where subscribers pay to access exclusive content and support Channel 5 operations. The channel has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and over 500,000 Instagram followers.

Designers entering more traditional industrial spaces are not entirely new. Viral songs from TikTok appeared on the app to soon start playing on the radio and appear on the Billboard Hot 100. And earlier this year, Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical, premiered on TikTok, won a Grammy – the first such project to do so. But Channel 5 signing a deal with HBO is still interesting, with Callaghan occupying a space at the intersection of content creator, freelance journalist and now filmmaker with backing from major entertainment companies.

“I think I provide a gateway to engagement with reporting for people who don’t watch the news,” Callaghan said. Nieman Laboratory earlier this year. “People who don’t watch the news watch me. People who watch the news don’t watch me.

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